MSPM in the KNOW: September 19, 2017

Top 3 for 19 September:

1- GWU MSPM Student, Robert Estes, key member of a weather satellite team. Robert Estes will participate in the launch of a Joint Polar Satellite System-1 (JPSS-1) on 10 November. The launch will be held at the Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The JPSS-1 is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) weather satellite that supports accurate numeral weather forecasts. A long-time NASA project manager, Mr. Estes is responsible for project costs, schedules, technical performance and management of the critical JPSS-1 CERES (Clouds and the Earth’s Radiant Energy System) component. He was instrumental in initiating the contract with aerospace/defense firm Northrop Grumman to build CERES. Read more.

2- The Power of Communication Webinar. There is still time to register for “The Power of Communication” featuring Alan Zucker, CEO of Project Management Essentials. This is a  webinar made possible by Angela Knight (GWPMA President) and Vugar Mammadov (GWPMA Distance Student Representative-International). Event is designed to find better ways to engage distance learners in the MSPM program and meet the needs of working professionals who want to enhance their ability to integrate complex projects, motivate people, and achieve the best results for their projects. Register now! Event details are below.

Friday September 29, 2017 12:00 PM EDT Duration: 1 hour and 15 Min.

3- Free campus event: Scaling Agile within the Federal Government. Join us for the next PMIWDC Circle Luncheon event on 27 September at GWU campus. Guest speaker, Efrain Velasquez, will discuss how changes in the Federal Government’s acquisition and contracting processes increase pressure to be “more Agile.” Mr. Velasquez will provide a high-level description of Scaled Agile Framework (SAFe) for Lean Enterprises, discuss its applicability to Federal technology projects, and identify the roles PMs can play within the framework. Learn more about the speaker and topic here. Event details are below:

Wednesday 27 September 2017

Time: 11:30 networking; 12-1 presentation

Event Location: 2201 G Street NW Duques Room 652 Washington, DC 20052

REGISTER HERE

 

MSPM in the KNOW: July 25, 2017

Top 3 for 25 July

1- Fall 2017 Blackboard Collaborate Session Now Available. The Blackboard collaborate session schedule for the Fall 2017 semester is now available on the blog. Collaborate sessions are 60-minute live sessions that are designed for the online and campus students to engage with their professors on a weekly basis. It is highly recommended for all MSPM students. It offers opportunity to look at the week’s lecture in more detail and students may ask any questions to the professor regarding lecture materials or assignments. Check out schedule via this link.

2- Still needing an elective for Fall 2017? The MSPM program is offering one 3-credit elective in the Fall semester:

DNSC 6236 Project Quality Management, 3 credits (Dr. Griffith)

This course is focused on the quality management of projects. It explores current theories and practices regarding quality management as applied to manufacturing and the service industry, the application to project systems, and the application to individual projects. In addition, students in this course will explore the application of project management techniques in implementing a quality improvement initiative within an organization. Read more.

Students may consider alternative elective courses by reviewing course offerings listed on the schedule of classes. All students need to schedule an advisement session prior to registering for elective courses to ensure those courses would count toward MSPM. E-mail Agnes Socrates (aesocrates@gwu.edu) with any questions or schedule an advisement session via www.meetme.so/gwmspm (include your GWID).

3- Free event on campus tomorrow, 26 July!

Military Generals, Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence featuring Susan Schwartz, PMP

**This session takes a practical look at successful, and not so successful, U.S. military general behaviors from WWII to the present. The discussion centers around four key leadership attributes as take-away lessons and how they can be used by project managers today to lead their teams to success.

Event Date: Wednesday, 26 July 2017 – 11:30am – 1:00pm

Location: The George Washington University School of Business

2201 G St, NW, Duques Hall, Room 453

Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

REGISTER HERE!

 

 

MSPM in the KNOW: June 27, 2017

Top 3 for 27 June

  1. There is still time to register for summer session II classes! Summer session II begins 5 July. Last day to register via GWeb is 11 July. Please note, summer semester is the best time to fulfill your electives. To view list of courses available, check out the schedule of classes. Should you need assistance with registering for courses or if you have questions related to what electives would count toward your MSPM degree, schedule an advisement session with Agnes Socrates.

 

  1. Reminder, PMP Prep Course is available online beginning, 30 June – 15 August. As posted on the blog on 14 June, this virtual PMP Prep Course is intended to help participants prepare for the PMP credentialing exam. This is ideal for distance learners who cannot commit to classroom PMP Prep course. Learn more and register! If you are on campus interested in joining fellow students for a PMP study group, contact your GWPMA Board Member, Phebean Williams at phebeanw@gwu.edu.

 

  1. Thank you to those who responded to our call for volunteers! We have room for two more volunteers for the Fall 2017 Student Orientation scheduled on Saturday, 19 August. Volunteer duties include: running the student panel and assisting with the Bridge Game. Time commitment is approximately 3 hours on Saturday afternoon. This is the best time to meet incoming MSPM students and share your experience in the program. If interested, please email aesocrates@gwu.edu.

 

 

Overworked and Overwhelmed, What can you do about it?

Overworked and Overwhelmed, What can you do about it?

Featuring

Dr. Saya Sone, Professor, Agile Coach, PMP, School of Computer Information Science Virginia International University

$0.00
Event Date:
Wednesday, June 28, 2017 – 11:30am1:00pm
Event Location:

The George Washington University School of Business

2201 G St, NW, Duques Room, Room 451

Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

Agenda and Cost:

This luncheon is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required to attend.

Networking 11:30 – 12:00
Presentation 12:00 – 1:00

About the Event

How did you distribute your 168 hours a week? If you spent more than 42% at work, this is the workshop for you. How often do you check your smartphone? If you check your phone every hour or less, you would be interested in learning how to deal with your stressful life. Do you spend your day of back-to-back meetings, a hundred or so emails, interminable conference calls, dozens of decisions, a contentious conversation or two, and a rough commute? When we are all busy at work or in our life, have you thought about how you could make the impact to gain your happy work life? This workshop is to help you through a mindfulness journey to identify what you can make a difference or any alternative to organize your mindfulness game plan to stay on track with it. For example, how could we manage our time better to get a beautiful mind?

This workshop is based on a book “Overworked and Overwhelmed” by Scott Eblin who introduces the following three steps:

  • Your best: You will organize the characteristics and behaviors that reflect how you are when you are showing up as the best version of yourself
  • Your Routine: If you want to be in the certain way (excellence), you have to do things that reinforce that state.
  • Outcomes: What difference do you want to make in your professional life, working environment, and community?

You will determine your most important goals and sets you on a course to reach them. Get started by clarifying the core characteristic that represents you at your best when you feel most comfortable and productive. The routines in four domains could be physical, spiritual, mental, and relational that will reinforce peak performance. Through the reflection, we hope to care in the three main areas – at your best, what the routines to make you at best, and what outcome would come in team, community, organization.

Special Instructions:
  • Closest metro stop: Foggy Bottom
  • Garage Parking at Marvin Center (H & 21st St, NW): $18.00
  • Metered parking is available
  • Photo ID is required
  • Use 22nd Street entrance
PDUs Available:
1 PDU for Certified PMs
Talent Triangle Category:
Strategic and Business Management

About the Speaker

Dr. Saya Sone

Virginia International University
Professor, Agile Coach, PMP, School of Computer Information Science

Dr. Saya Sone is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), an Enterprise Agile Coach, a professor at VIU (Virginia International University), and Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)

Dr. Sone’s passion is to help her clients such as CTO, CIO, CEO, Individuals, and teams to discover their new beliefs, thoughts, directions, or emotions that strengthen their capabilities to accomplish their priorities. Her happiness is to be a partner when her clients grown in their potentials.

When Dr. Sone enjoys delivering her speeches in schools, conferences, meetups, and organizations, her topics include motivations for behavioral changes, keeping balance for maximum growth, designing Lean Canvas to recognize MVP (Minimal Viable product), setting goals to achieve life potential and a variety of Agile and coaching related topics.

Dr. Sone is a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA). She wrote two books Business Value of Agile Methods: Maximizing ROI with Just-in-Time Processes and Documentation” and Mapping Agile Practices to Project Management Challenges.

Delivering Meaningful Project Insights through Data-Driven Analysis

The National Capital Section of AACE International invites you to attend our program on May 16 at 6 pm entitled:

“Delivering Meaningful Project Insights through Data-Driven Analysis”

On May 16,  Ashok Iyengar, Chief Planner at Bechtel, will offer his expertise on the most common causes of project failure, as well as how data-driven analysis and smart applications can provide project professionals with more meaningful project insights and improve the overall likelihood of project success.

•    An overview of the common causes of project failure due to schedule non adherence, with special emphasis on the gap between “as committed” vs. “as delivered”
•    How Bechtel has employs data-driven analysis to provide more meaningful project insights
•    How Bechtel leverages historical data for predictive planning and improvement of project performance
•    Tips for using data analysis on existing projects to provide pro-active solutions to problems
•    The various ways smart applications, such as Deltek Acumen Fuse, can better “arm” planners by providing a more effective service to project management

Attendance will earn .25 Continuing Education Credits towards AACEI Recertification.

Panel:

Ashok Iyengar, Chief Planner, Bechtel

Ashok Iyengar is a Project Management professional with expertise in Project Controls carrying over 26 years of working experience with Proposals, Engineering, Procurement, and Construction & Commissioning in the EPC industry worldwide. His portfolio of experience includes Fossil Power, Mining and Metals, Petrochemicals & Food Processing projects.  He is a strong team leader working in multi-national teams.  As a professional, he has a high degree of expertise in designing and management of Information systems related to Progress and Performance, manpower optimization analysis and tracking of all aspects of project execution including Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Start Up. He has been instrumental in identification and providing solutions to execution problems on project across all business lines Ashok is also a certified training instructor for Bechtel’s project management courses as well as a guest lecturer at George Washington University. He is also a published author and an active blogger. Ashok is currently the Bechtel Corporate Manager of Planning.

Company Overview

Bechtel is one of the most respected global engineering, construction, and project management companies across the globe. Together with its customers, the company delivers landmark projects that create long-term progress and economic growth. Since 1898, Bechtel has completed more than 25,000 extraordinary projects across 160 countries on all seven continents. With such a diverse portfolio, Bechtel is no stranger to the complexities involved in planning and executing projects of all sizes.

Program Sponsor: 

Deltek’s Project & Portfolio Management suite helps businesses and organizations of all sizes drive project and portfolio management through informed project selection, realistic planning, reliable execution and, ultimately, consistent project success. Manage costs, forecasts and performance with Deltek cost and earned value solutions; build the most realistic project plans with Deltek schedule tools; and accurately evaluate and manage risk exposure with Deltek Risk. Learn more at www.deltek.com/ppm.

REGISTER NOW!

MSPM in the KNOW: May 2, 2017

Top 3 for 2 May  

  1. Summer 2017 Registration. Last day to register without penalty is Sunday, 21 May. Check out the registration schedule here. Register for classes on GWeb before courses close. Having issues with registration? Contact Agnes Socrates, aesocrates@gwu.edu.

 

  1. Job Vacancies with the United Nations and Other International Organizations. Interested in international development projects? Check out new job postings from the United Nations and other international organizations such as the Asian Development Bank and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) on the blog. Immediate need for a Senior Program Manager with USAID project also announced.

 

  1. Local Project Management Institute community in Ashburn, VA hosts a series of brown bag luncheons. Through the Project Management Institute, the Division of GWU IT Project and Portfolio Management Office has established a local community in Ashburn, VA. The local community hosts a series of brown bag luncheons which will provide attendees with both networking and educational opportunities and earn Professional Development Units (PDUs). Check out upcoming events on the blog.

 

Project Management Institute Ashburn Local Community Upcoming Events

Through the Project Management Institute, the Division of IT Project and Portfolio Management Office has established a local community in Ashburn, VA. The local community hosts a series of brown bag luncheons which will provide attendees with both networking and educational opportunities (PDUs). Seasoned guest speakers with unique project management expertise will join us to deliver presentations related to improving the practice of managing projects and leading others.

Upcoming Events:

18 May:

“GET TWICE AS MANY PROJECTS DONE AND
BE HOME FOR DINNER” featuring Mike Hannan,
Principal Consultant and Founder
Fortezza Consulting, LLC

The George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus
Enterprise Hall Room 176 | 11:30am – 1:00pm

27 July:  

“REBIRTH OF BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP MANAGEMENT” featuring Steve Plante,
Independent Consultant and Founder
Business Transformation Partners

The George Washington University Virginia Science and Technology Campus
Enterprise Hall Room 176 | 11:30am – 1:00pm

VISIT IT.GWU.EDU/PMI FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

 

MSPM in the KNOW: April 11, 2017

Top 3 for 11 April 2017 

1- Registration for Fall 2017 begins Monday, 17 April. Review your DegreeMAP and register for courses listed on your degree plan to secure your seat. MSPM classes are offered to non-MSPM students. This often results to seats going away quickly and classes fill up fast. Secure your seats as soon as possible. Continuing students may register for classes through GWeb. List of course offerings are available via the registrar’s website 

Registration for DNSC 6269 Project Management Application (Capstone) requires special approval from your academic advisor. All core courses must be completed prior to taking Capstone. To register, complete a Registration Transaction Form and email completed form to aesocrates@gwu.edu. Details required for the form, such as the course CRN and section, may be found on the Schedule of Classes, under Decision Sciences.

2- Application for the Quinn Fellows Fund, due 23 April

The Quinn Fellows Fund provides financial support for graduate and undergraduate students pursuing international business internships – overseas or within the U.S., in the public or private sector, and in any type of organization. Each individual award will be up to $5,000. For eligibility, requirements, and application instructions, please visit the Quinn Fellows Webpage.

3- Upcoming Events:

 PM University Talks | Tuesday, 2 May 2017  | 5:30pm – 7:30pm                      Georgetown University School of Continuing Studies  | 640 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington DC 20001 | **A photo ID is required to attend the event | **Students register here for free

PM After Hours | Wednesday, 3 May 2017 | 5:30pm – 8:00pm                                   Lebanese Taverna, Tyson’s Galleria | 2001 International Dr #1402 | Mclean, Virginia 22102 | Agenda and Cost: 5:30pm – 8:00pm : Networking & Reception | Young Professional Rate: $7 (Please Register Here to receive this special rate)

MSPM in the KNOW: April 4, 2017

Top 3 for 4 April 2017

1- Registration for Summer 2017 is ongoing. Register for summer now to secure your enrollment. Continuing students may register for classes on GWeb. List of course offerings are available via the registrar’s website. Registration for Fall 2017 begins April 17. Check out the registration schedule on this website.

2- Congratulations Krishna Tummala, one of the recipients of the 2017 George Washington Alumni Association (GWAA) award. This award is given every year to an outstanding graduating student in each school of the university to honor future alumni who have shown exceptional commitment to GW and its community. This year GWSB named two recipients from the Graduate Programs Community and Krishna is one of the awardees. Well done Krishna!

3- Congratulations to our 2017 MSPM award winners!  Each year, MSPM students are given the chance to vote for the Outstanding MSPM Faculty.  Thank you to those who casted their votes! The MSPM Faculty and Staff selects the winners for MSPM Academic Excellence and MSPM Service Excellence from the graduating class.  The 2017 results are as follows:

Outstanding Master of Science in Project Management Faculty Award – Dr. Homayoun Khamooshi

Master of Science in Project Management Service Excellence Award – Rahul Navinchandra Rathod

Master of Science in Project Management Academic Excellence Award – Shabnam Khiabani Javid

Congratulations Dr. Khamooshi, Rahul and Shabnam!

2017 MSPM Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to our 2017 award winners!  Each year, MSPM students are given the chance to vote for the Outstanding MSPM Faculty.  Thank you to those who casted their votes!

The MSPM Faculty selects the winners for MSPM Academic Excellence and MSPM Service Excellence from the graduating class.  The 2017 results are now available and the winners are as follows:

Outstanding Master of Science in Project Management Faculty Award – Dr. Homayoun Khamooshi

Master of Science in Project Management Service Excellence Award – Rahul Navinchandra Rathod

Master of Science in Project Management Academic Excellence Award – Shabnam Khiabani Javid

The award winners will be honored at an invitation-only ceremony on Thursday, May 18, and at the GWSB Masters and Doctoral Celebration on Friday, May 19. Congratulations Dr. Khamooshi, Rahul and Shabnam!